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September 23, 2010 6:21:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow Evening Thursday September 23, 2010

Budget Range: ($1,200) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming;StartCraft, Sony Vegas Pro(and/or similar programs), internet(streaming videos))

Parts Not Required: Speaker, Monitor, Keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s): any single website where all components can be bought at once(based on price)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Not immediately

SLI or Crossfire: Not immediately

PC so far

Mobo:
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Yes I have access to microcenter
Core i7-930
Core i7-930

RAM:
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 998679

GPU:
Radeon HD 5830
HIS iCooler V H583FN1GD Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/Eyefinity

HDD:
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive:
LG
LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

Case:
???

PSU:
XFX 850w
XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Heatsink:
Thermaltake Frio
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564

OS:
Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Thermal Paste:
Arctic Silver 5
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

I was hoping you guys could help me make an improvements and/or assessments on my build....any and all help would be appreciated

More about : 200 build

September 23, 2010 7:42:01 AM

The Frio is OK, but you could do slightly better, as shown in this list:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2535-14.html

Dunno your gaming resolution, but if its 1920 or higher you'll be happier with a 1GB 460. And even happier if you decide you want/need to go with two. Couldn't quickly find a 2x460 vs 2x5830 benchmark with current drivers, probably because they're faster than 2x5850.

The rest of your choices look very good indeed. I had forgotten the review of that 850W psu.



September 23, 2010 8:12:01 AM

budfut said:
Mobo:
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

w/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
$290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


You can get better HD 5830s for less:

MSI Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 5830 1GB (Much better custom cooling solution)
$179 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Radeon HD 5830 1GB w/Lifetime Warranty
$183 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can get an HD 5850 for not that much more. It's more powerful and much more efficient.

XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB w/Lifetime Warranty
$240 after a $15 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

w/OCZ OCZ750FTY 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply (Powerful enough for 2, modular, decent quality)
$290 after $45 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

w/CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply (Would be pushing it for 2, high quality power supply)
$268 with promo code sept10 after $45 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

w/OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL7 Desktop Memory
$344 after $45 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

budfut said:
Case:
???

We're going to need a little help here:

What's your budget?
How big/small do you want it to be?
Do you want it to be very light weight, aluminum?
Professional looking or flashy?


This is a great power supply, but it's huge overkill for an HD5830. It's more than you need even for 2. If you want to be prepared for a crossfire setup, go with a 750W power supply (plenty for 2 HD5850s as well). Otherwise, you could save a ~$100 with the perfectly capable OCZ ModXStream 600W power supply (Modular, 80 Plus Certified, Generally well reviewed).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

w/LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98 (Retail)
$52 after $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

w/HITACHI Deskstar 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
$92 after $30 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



w/CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply (Very high quality, modular)
$108 with the promo code sept10 and after a $30 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


I don't think the Frio is a very good cooler or a very good value. Frostytech.com has the largest collection of CPU cooler reviews:

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=253...

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is very good for $24:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

The Zaward Vapor 120 cooled almost as well as the Frio and was 11dBA quieter. :o 
$40 at Tigerdirect, CircuitCity, and their other affiliates.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.amazon.com/ZAWARD-Vapor-Compact-Cooler-ZCJ01...

budfut said:
Thermal Paste:
Arctic Silver 5
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

A decent cooler should come with passable thermal paste. If you really want Arctic Silver 5, it can be found much cheaper elsewhere.

http://computers.shop.ebay.com/Computer-Components-/366...
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September 23, 2010 8:22:20 AM

Definately don't go with the 5830. I would much sooner drop to an i5 build to get a beter GPU than use the 5830.
At the least go with a GTX460 1gb (if you plan to to use two in future) if only ever going with one GPU then the 5850 is a bettter choice. Course, with GTX 460 at only $200 atm, 2 of them is a great choice.
There is a good deal with the GTX 460 and an 850W Corsair PSU - excessive for your needs in terms of power, but at that price its worth considering and leaves plenty of room if you upgrade stuff in future.

Gigabyte GTX460 Corsair 850W- $280 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


I would stick with the Mushkin RAM you picked - good speed, good latency, good price.

For case, I would probably go with the HAF 922 or the Antec 900
!